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    Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    Have been listening to reports this morning, saying the Selkirk Caribou herd in the East Kooteneys, is down to 3 animals, all females. So technically extinct. What a sad state of affairs. I am not aware of what has caused this problem, but it seems that according to reports this is one of the most highly managed game populations.

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    These herds have been known to be in trouble for a long time. The reasons are many, but when you only address the suspected causes that are convenient and ignore the rest, the outcome is assured.

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    Quote Originally Posted by VLD43 View Post
    Have been listening to reports this morning, saying the Selkirk Caribou herd in the East Kooteneys, is down to 3 animals, all females. So technically extinct. What a sad state of affairs. I am not aware of what has caused this problem, but it seems that according to reports this is one of the most highly managed game populations.
    I believe the correct term is "highly mismanaged".
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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    That is sad news. Sounds like it was one of the more highly MIS-managed game populations.... Brez I think we typed that at around the same time lol....
    Be verwy verwy quiet,,,I'm hunting wabbits!

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    So sad. I grew up near Salmo and remember seeing these caribou as a child. Government knows what needs to be done to protect these amazing animals but dose not have the balls to do it. Another example of government (of all political stripes) managing a population into extinction. Are all southern mountain caribou herds headed towards the same fate?

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    Quote Originally Posted by Brez View Post
    I believe the correct term is "highly mismanaged".
    x1000

    Back to square one. They'll end up grabbing more from up north and trying something again.

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    Quote Originally Posted by HunterChef View Post
    Are all southern mountain caribou herds headed towards the same fate?
    Supposedly the upper herd is doing okay....but BC will put in a couple more heli and cat ski operations and put an end to that. "No Peak Undeveloped" that's BC's tourism catch phrase right?

    Here are links to 2 proposed recreational land use tenures that will encompass much of the Southern Purcell range and encroach on some of the last remaining wilderness in the area.
    https://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=54933
    https://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=54966

    A couple things to keep in mind.

    Those actively working on the project are doing what they can with the little manpower and funds they get from the gov't. Remember, it's all talk and minimal action.
    Many people that live and recreate in the immediate area do not value the herd and disregard access management plans (as per Ymir town hall meeting, etc.), again not enforced due to low funds and no manpower.
    It's a trial and error process, and might not work the first time, so they will need to regroup and start again. Since when does the gov't ever get it right the first time?
    If the project gets more support the next time around it might be more successful.
    Last edited by kootenaihunter; 04-13-2018 at 08:39 AM.

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    See you in 30 days
    Last edited by Steeleco; 04-13-2018 at 09:24 AM.

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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    Trap and breed and release. Or, write them off. Used to be nothing but Boo up around Hazelton in the late 1800`s. No moose. Then the boo started migrating and dieing off. Not from logging either, we are talking 1890`s. They are a weak species. Save money, let them fade away, it`s not like anyone on this site has ever hunted this south herd. OK, maybe a very few but I can`t remember seeing a season.
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    Re: Selkirk Caribou close to Extinct

    Quote Originally Posted by sawmill View Post
    They are a weak species. Save money, let them fade away, it`s not like anyone on this site has ever hunted this south herd.
    You heard it here everyone, nobody on HuntingBC.ca has hunted them or will in the near future, so definitely not worth anybody's time!
    Last edited by kootenaihunter; 04-13-2018 at 12:17 PM.

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